No. 6 Lungarno Corsini, Florence, Italy
Under a Loggia
The site for Penguin’s Pension Bertolini is located on the top floor of the Palazzo Gianfigliazzi, Lungarno Corsini, Florence, Italy. Dating to the 15th century, the palazzo has served as residence, hotel, and event space alike. Most notably it belonged to the King of Holland, Louis Bonaparte, in the early 19th century. Today the street level of the Palazzo is occupied by Ducci (an art gallery) and Bistrò del Mare ; the main floor, or piano nobile, is occupied by the Palazzo Gianfigliazzi Bonaparte (the grand salons of which are rented for private events); and the level above houses the Hotel Bretagne (where standard rooms start at €130 nightly, and junior suites with river views start at €240). The penthouse level is currently comprised of private apartments.
The base plan for the pensione was derived from a plan of a single penthouse apartment in the Palazzo that is currently on the market through Sotheby’s Rome; a plan of the building from circa 1828 (before the loggia was enclosed to form the penthouse); a plan of the Palazzo Gianfigliazzi Bonaparte event space; and a Google Maps aerial view of the building.